Manchester Club hits out at Women. Five arrested

01-197205XX 3Early in March Samantha’s, a gay club in Manchester, changed its policy of freely admitting women members and allowing them to sign in as guests. One night two women members of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, one a Samantha’s member and the other her guest, were refused admittance. They were told that the club no longer had women members. Later this statement was changed to stating that although the club had women members, no more women would be allowed to join, and existing women members were no longer allowed to sign in guests. A dialogue with the owner of the coub-failed to produce any change in this policy and as it was in direct pooosition to CHE’s objective of equality between women and men, and likely to produce an all-male ghetto club, it was decided that leaflets would be produced to be given to people going into the club, containing details of what had occured and stating the objections. It asked those people who were against the club’s policy to say so to its management.

The first night the leaflets were given out the management told us to go home, it was too cold for fooling about. The second night they were less pleased to see us and an irate/scared member called the police, who told us to go, otherwise we’d all be arrested. Unsure of whether we were committing a legal offence, we decided to move.

On the day after, five of us, (Bobbie Oliver, Alan Blake, Steve Lath, Glenys Parry and Liz Stanley) gave out leaflets to the six people who went into the club. We had consulted two lawyers from the National Council for Civil Liberties who had told us that the only offence we could be arrested for was obstruction, and that if we all walked briskly about and didn’t attempt to prevent anyone from going into the club then we would not be committing any offence.

We behaved exactly as the lawyers suggested, gave out only six leaflets, saw only one car pass by: and yet were arrested. For obstruction.

We had a witness who stood nearby on the same piece of pavement for over twenty minutes, but the police took no notice of him whatsoever. The hearing was held on the 28th March, when we were committed for trial on 21st June. The prosecution said that we were members of Gay Lib and that we were trying to pressure the club into letting people of the same sex dance together. In other words, that the club was a straight one, and that we were trying to turn it gay. CHE has backed our action, and has agreed to finance an appeal if the court finds us guilty, or pay any fine they may impose.

Gay News in issue Number 2 will be reporting the outcome of this particular incident.

It seems to us that it is completely unjustified to discriminate against women in this way, and we wish the women (and men) involved every success in their fight against harassment and discrimination.

It would also seem that the many stories we hear of protection money being paid to certain members of the police force in Manchester by club owners are at times not completely without some element of truth in them. In time we will attempt to find out the truth behind the rumours.

Information

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Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

A present there are CHE groups in operation in the following areas:

  • Birmingham.
  • Blackburn/Burnley.
  • Brighton.
  • Bristol.
  • Cambridge.
  • Chesham/Amersham.
  • Croydon.
  • Canterbury.
  • Guildford.
  • Halifax/Huddersfield.
  • Ilford.
  • Leeds.
  • Lewisham.
  • Liverpool.
  • London: Central – Kensington, Highbury/Islington, Ealing/Acton, and Kilburn.
  • Manchester.
  • Newport/Cardiff.
  • Northampton.
  • Norwich.
  • Nottingham.
  • Oxford.
  • Sheffield.
  • Basildon.
  • Watford/St.Albans.
  • Southampton/Bournemouth.
  • Swansea/Carmarthen.
  • Teeside.
  • Windsor/Reading.
  • Wirral.
  • Wolverhampton.
  • Shropshire.
  • Tunbridge Wells.
  • Tyneside.
  • Stoke on Trent.
  • PROPOSED GROUPS:
  • Devon.
  • Bath.
  • Cornwall.
  • Taunton.
  • Leicester.
  • York.
  • Bradford.
  • STUDENT GROUPS:
  • Liverpool.
  • Manchester.
  • London.
  • Oxford.
  • Reading.

Many local group organisers are wary of having their names and addresses publicised so for the time being please contact all CHE groups via the national office:

28 KENNEDY STREET, MANCHESTER 2.

Telephone 061-228 1985.

  • Bradford.

National Gay Liberation Front Groups.

  • Aberyswth GLF, c/o Polly Bluck, Room 80, Alexandra Hall Victoria Terrace, Aberyswth.
  • Bath Gay Awareness Group, c/o Bob and Teresa, Monks Retreat, Monkton Combe, Somerset. Tel Limpley Stoke 2568.
  • Bedfordshire GLF, (Bedford/Luton/Dunstable). Contact Nik Ferguson, ‘Northridge’, The Avenue, Ampthill, Beds. If in Bedford area. Pete Griffin, 27 Ashtree Road, Tythe Farm, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, Beds if in Luton or Dunstable.
  • Birmingham GLF, 18 Moor Street, Ringway, Birmingham. Tel:021-643 0996. Meets Thursdays 7.30pm at Peace Centre at the above address.
  • Brighton GLF, Flat 4, ‘Transmore’, London Road, Brighton. Tel:0273-509393
  • Belfast. Belfast GLF, c/o M.A.Oulton, 10 Lower Crescent, University Road, Belfast.
  • Bradford GLF, c/o Robert Harker, Bradford Regional College of Art, GT.Horton Road, Bradford 7. Tel: 32-777
  • Canterbury Gay Lib Society, Patrick Forrest, Rutherford College, University of Canterbury, Kent.
  • Chelmsford GLF, Contact Brian Barker, 55 St. Peter’s Avenue, Maldon, Essex. Tel: 0621-4274
  • Cheltenham GLF, c/o Jim, North Gloucestershire Technical College Students Union, The Park, Cheltenham or Joe (Sister), 15 Rodney Road, Cheltenham.
  • Essex University GLF, Contacts, Roger Shaw, Flat 1, Eddington Tower, University of Essex, Colchester, Telephone Colchester 5141 or Stephen Edwards, 93 Plumberoo Avenue, Hookly, Essex. Meets every second Tuesday at the University.
  • Derby GLF, Contact Lawrence Brady, 63 Lexington Road, Chaddesden, Derby. Tel: 0332-674194 after 6.00pm.
  • Edinburgh GLF, Contact Tony Hughes, 55 South Clark Street, Edinburgh 8. Tel: 031-667 3534. Meets Sundays 3pm.
  • Durham GLF, Contactm Chris Barratt, 1 Beech Crest, Durham City, County Durham.
  • Higham Ferrers GLF, Contact, Phil Taylor, 21 Kings Avenue, Higham Ferrers, Northants.
  • Hull GLF, Contact, Keith Hose, Sexual Liberation Society, Hull University Union.
  • Lancaster GLF, 35 West Road, Lancaster. Telephone Sue 0524-65201 Ex 4422.
  • Keele Gay Lib Society, Contact, Gay Lib Society, Students Union, Keele University, Staffordshire.
  • Leeds GLF, Liberation Office, 153 Wood-House Lane, Leeds 2. Tel: 0532-39071 Ex 57. Meets every Friday 7.30pm at O.S.A. Lounge, University Union, Ring Phil 0532-782270 for details.
  • L.S.E. GLF meets every Thursday or Friday at 5.00pm in Room 5067. Contact: Student’s Union.
  • Leicester GLF, Contact John Paye, 126 Nansen Road, Leicester.
  • Manchester GLF, Contacts, Sheila Cohen, 43 Brantingham Road, Manchester 16. Tel: 061-226 3849. Or, Steve Lath, 32 Atwood Road, Didsbury, Manchester. Tel:061-445 5318
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne GLF, Contact: Eric Wears, 302 Condercum Road, Benwell Grove, Newcastle Upon Tyne 4. Meets every Wednesday at the Liberal Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle.
  • Norwich GLF, Contact: Jenni Grace, Leister Nurses Home, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, Norwich. Tel:0603-28377 Ex 232 evenings only. Ask for Norfolk and Norwich Ex 232. Additional number 0603-873596 (Tony). Weekly Meetings at Red Lion, Bishopsgate, Norwich on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.
  • Oxford GLF, Contact Amit Pandys, 2 Marlborough Road, Oxford.
  • Reading GLF, Contact: Martin Kaufman, Sibley Hall, Redhatch Drive, Reading, Berks.
  • Sheffield GLF, Contact Ian Everton, 82 Harcourt Road, Sheffield. 10.
  • Southend GLF, Contact: Stephen Edwards, 93 Plumberow Avenue, Hockley, Essex. Tel: 03704-5635
  • Swansea GLF, Pigeon Hole G, Student Pigeon Holes, Union House, University College Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea.

London Gay Liberation Groups.

  • Camden G.L.F. meets every Thursday at 7.30pm in the Forresters Hall, 5 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London NW5. Tube/BR. Kentish Town, Buses 27, 134, 214.
  • East London G.L.F. meets every Thursday at 8.00pm at Agitprop, 248 Bethnal Green Road, London E2. Tube/Br. Bethnal Green, Buses 8. Contact 739 1704
  • Gaysoc University of London Students Union meets Fridays at 7.30pm at Malet Street, W1. Tube Warren Street/Euston Square.
  • Kilburn G.L.F. meets on Sundays. Ring 837-7174 for details.
  • Notting Hall G.L.F. meets on Thursdays at 7.30pm in All Saints Vestry, Clydesdale Road, London W11. Tube Westbourne Park/Notting Hill Gate. Buses 7, 15 or 52.
  • South London G.L.F. meets every Thursday at 8.00pm in the Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, Brixton, SW9. Tube/BR Brixton. Buses 3, 95, 109, 133, 159 and 172.
  • West London G.L.F. meets every Thursday at 8.00pm upstairs at the “White Lion” pub, Putney High Street, just south of Putney Bridge. Tube Putney Bridge, Buses 14, 22, 30, 85, 85A, 93, 220 and Green Line 718. BR Putney. Disco there every Wednesday.
  • Harrow G.L.F. meets on Mondays. Ring Alex 422 7890 or Peter 864 1953.
  • G.L.F. Youth and Education Group meets on Mondays. Phone 837 7174 for details.
  • G.L.F. Day Group for shiftworkers. Meets Thursday afternoons. Ring 969 3173 for details.
  • Gay Women’s Liberation Group. Contact Gillian 837 4502. Meets Wednesdays 7.30pm.
  • G.L.F. Office is at 5 Caledonian Road, London N1. Tube Kings Cross. Tel: 01-837 7174. Further information concerning local G.L.F. groups available form here.